We’re not simply a reworking of our old selves … or an improved version and we aren’t carrying the old us around like a corpse over our shoulder
One of the biggest obstacles holding folks back from a new life in Christ is apprehension. Somewhere amid the churchianity and chaos — or chaos that is churchianity — the Gospel has been distorted, leaving many with the impression (however false) we are required to “give things up.” We have this fear the disheartening burden of overhauling our OWN lives by our OWN power and with our OWN merits is solely on us, with no guidance or assistance whatsoever. If this describes you you’re not alone. There is good news! It’s not on us to change our OWN actions and behaviors by ourselves.
This frequently asked question is perhaps one of the greatest mysteries surrounding the Bible. With our (extremely) limited human understanding it makes no sense. Many would reason that if God is a God of love, it is unfathomable that not only does a place like hell exist but even more perplexing is the thought that He would banish anyone to this terrible fate. Satan maybe … but a person? Never! To say the Bible paints an ominous and dreadful portrait of hell is an understatement. The Father was willing to offer His only Son as a sacrifice to keep us from this outcome, one can only imagine how truly sinister hell must be!